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Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has admitted that spin-bowling all-rounder Imad Wasim and left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz have really surprised him.
Latif was impressed with the way the duo carried Pakistan across the finish line in their nail-biting three-wicket win over Afghanistan on Saturday.
Imad took two wickets and struck an unbeaten 49, while Wahab, who was playing with a broken finger, claimed two wickets and scored a crucial 15.
Thanks to their efforts with the bat at the end, Pakistan kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive.
“I feel both Pakistan and Afghanistan played very badly, but it was Pakistan who prevailed [in the end] thanks mainly to Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz,” Latif told The Nation. “Things were looking grim for Pakistan, but both batted sensibly and showed the other top batsmen how to play in tough conditions.
“The Afghanistan skipper’s (Gulbadin Naib) blunders also didn’t help his team’s cause, or else it would have been game and World Cup over for Pakistan.”
Pakistan now have to beat Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday and hope that New Zealand beat England on Wednesday as that will secure them a spot in the last four.